Defense Distributed jefe Cody Wilson is a pal. I’ve spent many an hour listening to Mr. Wilson’s rapid-fire anti-government rants. His polemics, peppered with references to classical literature, are a veritable farrago of philosophy, law, politics, science and technology. Although I’m not as well read as the self-described “crypto-anarchist,” I can just about keep up. The question is, can viewers of No Control follow Cody’s [bullet] train of thought? That all depends on . . .
As a former videotape editor for CNN, I know well enough that all editing is editorial. No Control director Jessica Solce will have no problem weighting the “debate” on gun control in any direction she pleases. If she wants Cody to look like a sage, an apostle of firearms freedom, that he shall be. If she wants him to look like the devil’s personal emissary on Earth, that’ll work too.
This clip (not magazine) doesn’t give us any indication which way Ms. Solce plays it. Over at huffingtonpost.com, she claims neutrality.
“Nobody wants death. Nobody,” said Solce, in an attempt to find common ground. “If we’re all fighting against violence, what does that mean? I don’t think the movie is meant to provide an answer, but to ask more questions and create an open framework for debate.”
I can’t find a lot of information about Ms. Solce (other than the fact that the native Texan was an assistant to the extremely comely Rachel Weisz) and no one’s seen the completed movie yet. So . . .
No Control premiers tonight @ the IFC Center in New York City. If a member of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia could attend and review and talk to Jessica, we’d be much obliged and refund the admission price. Click here to buy tickets. (firstname.lastname@example.org)